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How to Dry Figs

Updated on June 16, 2011
Dried figs photo: Fr Antunes @flickr
Dried figs photo: Fr Antunes @flickr
Fig fruit photo: Paphio @flickr
Fig fruit photo: Paphio @flickr

Dried Figs Nutrition Information

Figs are tasty fruits which come from the ficus tree. Figs are savored when eaten fresh or dried. Dried figs taste just like the fresh kinds- delicious and sweet. They are widely enjoyed as healthy and convenient snacks. Dried figs improve the flavor of bland breakfast cereals. They are often added to cakes and other numerous sweets.

Dried figs are ideal for those who want to satisfy their craving for sweets, and still eat something healthy. Dried figs are nutritious and supply one's body with many essential vitamins and minerals. A single helping of dried figs, which is around four dried figs, has nearly 80 calories. If you follow a diet of low glycemic load foods, dried figs have an estimated very low 2 GL rating. Figs have virtually no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. The dietary fiber content contained in 4 dried figs is about 12% of a person's daily nutritional requirement. Dried figs are great sources of calcium and iron as well.  Additionally, eating dried figs may help reduce the cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.

Warning for diabetics: All dried fruits possess larger amounts of sugar in them, compared to the equivalent fresh fruit. As a result, individuals with diabetic issues need to refrain from eating dried figs. A single serving of dried figs has 13g of sugar, and that is certainly not good news for diabetic patients. They seem to be a low GL food, however, so consult with your physician before eating dried figs if you really want to include them in your diet.

How to Dry Figs

Individuals who have a fig tree somewhere on their property can easily dry figs. The optimal time to dry out figs is during the summer season, as soon as the days and nights are generally warmer, with a gentle breeze during the day.

The basic steps to dry figs are generally:

Gather figs which have ripened and dropped to the ground.

Clean all of them carefully with  water and dry them.

Cut each fig into slices.

Put the sliced up figs on wood shelves or dehydrator racks. Set all of them outside on a sunny day, in a location in which they may get strong natural light.

Protect them using a thin towel to prevent bugs from consuming them.

Let the figs remain out in the sunshine throughout the day. But, during the nighttime be sure to take them inside since dew may ruin them. Remember to put them outside again the following morning.

Figs will need around a couple of days to dry out. It is possible to detect when they have dried out simply by the texture and consistency. The external covering should be wrinkly, yet bend effortlessly. The internal part of the fig should be tender, but completely lacking juice. Your own dried figs are now set and ready to enjoy!

Alternatively, you can dry figs in a dehydrator. Keep the dehydrator at a constant 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This allows the figs to dry without losing nutritional value.

How to Store Dried Figs

When the figs have dried out, you need to save them correctly since poor storage could wreck all of your hard work. It's easy to do, however. Just put them inside thick, plastic storage bags. Then keep them in your fridge or inside the freezer. You can also keep them in airtight containers that also block out light.

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      hazelb 6 years ago

      I have a fig tree and the figs have a reddish center and taste like strawberries. They are delicious. Does anyone know what type of fig this is.

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      I don't like figs, but my family does. Figs are so expensive, especially organic ones so it's good to know how to dry them. Awesome hub!

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Figs are delicious but hard to find in my area, except at the health food store.

      Nice hub!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      It sounds great and well explained. Thank you.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific tasty hub read thanks sorry have been sick thanks much

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      WildIris 7 years ago

      You've made the process of drying figs sound so simple. I'm going to try this. Thanks for the tips.